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Fighter jets will announce the exclusive run in the Air Base open

2014.03.26
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On March 28 an exceptional public-military event, Runway Run 2014, will take place on the auxiliary runway of the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to mark the 10th anniversary of Lithuania’s NATO membership. The run on the runway used by fighter-jets will for the first time include both military and civilian participants.

 

1000 military and civilian participants from across Lithuania are expected to join the tribute run.

 

After registration the participants will be transported to the scratch-line on the auxiliary runway. The run will be announced open by F-15C Eagle fighter jets of the U.S. Air Contingent currently conducting the Baltic Air Policing mission while C-27J Spartan transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force will give a wing salute to the runners.

 

Following the run the participants and guests will be able to view a display of aircraft and light weaponry of the Lithuanian Air Force and the U.S. Air Contingent performing NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. The guests and participants will be entertained by the Lithuanian Air Force Band.

 

The event will take place in the presence of Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Commander Lithuanian Air Force Major General Edvardas Mažeikis, Latvian, Turkish and Hungarian ambassadors in Lithuania and Defence Attaché of the Czech Republic Colonel Zdeněk Kubíček. Representatives from different units of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian armed forces and paramilitary services, schoolchildren, and U.S. military personnel conducting the Baltic Air Policing mission will also attend.

 

On March 29 Lithuania celebrates its 10th anniversary of NATO membership. Our country became a member of the world’s strongest defence alliance when ratification documents of the North Atlantic Treaty were deposited in Washington (U.S.A.) on 29 March 2004. NATO membership is the foundation of Lithuania’s security policy. As a NATO member we are a part of a collective security system where allied solidarity, collective defence guarantees and commitments to one another are the underlying principle. Also, as a NATO member the Lithuanian Armed Forces is a part of over 2,000,000-strong NATO forces, ready to defend our country alongside its nation and the allies alike.

 

From the very first day of NATO membership NATO allies began protecting the airspace of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by deploying their military air assets and personnel on NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. Over the decade of membership as many as 14 NATO member states have rotated their air contingents 34 times to ensure that the Baltic airspace in protected. Our allies respond immediately to the changes in security situation. The United States of America have sent additional 6 fighter jets to augment the Baltic Air Policing mission currently conducted by a U.S. Air Contingent, while Denmark, the United Kingdom and France have expressed an intent to do so in the future. Lithuania is ready to render all the necessary Host Nation Support for incoming forces in the event of necessity.

 

For the Media:

 

Media representatives who intend to take video footage of the event are invited to register at 00370-41 59 21 51 or email [email protected] (the Air Base) no later than 17.00 hrs, March 27. Arrival time (at the Air Base): 10.00 hrs (March 28).

 

Media representatives who will travel to the Air Base from Vilnius will be able to use MOD transport for the trip to and fro. Those who intend to avail of this opportunity should register at email [email protected] no later 17.00 hrs, March 27, indicating TRANSPORT as email subject. Departure: from in front of the Ministry of National Defence at 7.00 hrs. The number of seats provided is limited.

 

RUNWAY RUN 2014 PROGRAMME

9.30-10.30 hrs – Registration

10.30-11 hrs – Transportation to the start line

11.45 hrs – Awards

13 hrs – End of the event

 

Photo credit – Antanas Gedrimas (A moment from the 2013 run)

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